This election cycle is certainly a bizarre one. At the national level, who would have ever thought that Donald Trump would be the Republican Party nominee for 2016? At the State level, who thought it was ever possible to have two Republican Party nominees in the same race on a general election ballot?
Well that is what some would like you to believe, that your choice for both Oregon State Senate and Oregon State Representative is between two Republican Party nominees. If that sounds confusing, it does so because it is confusing. Unless voters unwind what is going on some will unintentionally choose the wrong candiate because they do not understand who the real Republican Party nominees are in these two elections.
For State Senate District #28 Dennis Linthicum is the Republican Party nominee. He won his primary against two challengers by securing 78% of the Republican primary vote. For State Representative District #56 Werner Reschke won his primary by over 70%. There should be little doubt who the majority of Republicans want to represent them on the ballot. Moreover both Linthicum and Reschke have received the endorsements from the Oregon Republican Party and also local Republican party chapters.
But the two write-in candidates, who claim Republican status and yet lost their Republican primaries, have willingly accepted the nominations from the Democrat party. Huh? You read that correctly. The two write-in nominees willingly accepted the Democrat nomination in order to get on the general election ballot.
Take a step back and think for a moment.
Suppose that someone locally received an offer and accepted a two-year contract to work in Idaho. Upon their arrival they went to the DMV and re-registered their car in order to get an Idaho driver’s license, registration and plates. Now suppose this same person claimed “Oh I don't have to pay any auto-related fees to Idaho, because I bought and drove my car for many years in Oregon. Besides I plan to return to Oregon soon. Pay no attention to my Idaho driver’s license, or the car’s Idaho registration and plates, those are mere formalities Idaho makes me follow so I can drive here (in other words it’s someone else’s fault). Look here, I still have my Oregon license, registration and license plates.”
If someone said that we would think they were seriously confused about how State laws work concerning car registrations — because they would be!
Fear Not. Breathe and think clearly.
Cooler heads will prevail this election cycle as the voting public isn’t stupid — even though these two Democrat Party nominees are trying to win by confusing voters.
Make no mistake:
- Dennis Linthicum is the only Republican Party nominee in this election for Oregon State Senate District #28.
- Werner Reschke is the only Republican Party nominee in this election for Oregon State House District #56.
Those are the facts. In a general election there is only ONE Republican Party nominee per race — not two, not three, not four, but one. Period. Linthicum and Reschke are the Republican Party nominees chosen by Republican voters by a wide margin.